Lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a type of medicinal mushroom. Long used in traditional Chinese medicine, lion's mane is widely available in supplement form. Scientific research shows that lion's mane contains a number of health-promoting substances, including antioxidants and beta-glucan.
Proponents claim that lion's mane can help with a variety of health problems, including:
- Alzheimer's disease
- High cholesterol
- Parkinson's disease
In addition, lion's mane is said to strengthen the immune system, stimulate digestion, and protect against cancer.
So far, research on the specific health effects of lion's mane is fairly limited. However, findings from animal-based research, test-tube studies, and small clinical trials indicate that lion's mane may offer certain health benefits, including support for neuronal health.